Montgomery and Charnetski
Estelle Isabella Lily Montgomery and Matthew David Charnetski of West Des Moines, Iowa, were married in a private ceremony March 18, 2016 in Philadelphia. The bride is the daughter of Cynthia Ann Higgins and David Montgomery, Eudora, Kansas. The groom is the son of the late Deborah Maupin Charnetski, Grinnell, Iowa, and Donald Charnetski of Grinnell, Iowa, and stepson of Claudia Anderson. A nonpartisan analyst for the Kansas State Legislature and also Iowa State Legislature, the bride is the assistant director of The Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement at Drake University and has completed coursework at the Drake University Law School. A Kappa Alpha Theta, she received a political science degree from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in public administration at the University of Missouri Kansas City. The groom received degrees in microbiology and ecology from Grinnell College and a graduate degree in medical simulation from Drexel University. He served with the United States Antarctica Program from 2001 through 2008 before employment as a paramedic for the city of West Des Moines and simulation specialist for Des Moines University. He currently is the director of the Standardized Patient Program and Clinical Simulation Center at the Nazarbayev University School of Medicine where he also is an assistant professor. The couple plan a summer reception and will reside in Astana, Kazakhstan.